December 18, 2012

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FIS: Ligety's Skis Are Legal

Competitors had complained

Despite the claims of some of his Italian competitors, Ted Ligety is actually just that good. Ligety, who sits in second place in the overall World Cup standings, has dominated the giant-slalom circuit, winning this past weekend’s race in Alta Badia, Italy, by 2.04 seconds. With new rules instituted this season requiring longer, straighter skis, Italian racers Manfred Moelgg and Davide Simoncelli have publicly questioned the legality of Ligety’s equipment. "It seems to me the tails are wider," Moelgg said, while Simoncelli added, "It does raise some doubts."

But the International Ski Federation’s equipment controller, Mike Keretz, who randomly measures skiers’ boots, suits, and skis in the finish areas at all events, says Ligety’s skis are legit. “I measured his skis in both runs and I measured his race suit for permeability since he was in the top three,” Keretz said, “and he was within the FIS equipment rules." 

Via Associated Press


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Semi-Automatic Weapons Suspended From Sporting Goods Chain

Listed as "modern sporting rifles"

In the wake of last week’s Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, Dick’s Sporting Goods has removed all guns from its location nearest Newtown, Connecticut, and is suspending the sale of certain semi-automatic weapons nationwide. The sporting goods chain released a statement extending their “deepest sympathies to those affected by this terrible tragedy.” There was no indication how long the suspension of semi-automatic rifles, listed in the store catalog as “modern sporting rifles,” would last.

Investigators are currently trying to determine whether shooter Adam Lanza had attempted to buy a gun from a Dick’s in the nearby city of Danbury, Connecticut, prior to the shooting. In a separate statement Dick’s said they had confirmed through their own records that no firearms were sold to the shooter.



Royal Navy Sea King Helicopter

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New Hampshire Proposes Rescue Fees

Regardless of negligence

New Hampshire legislators are considering a proposal to start charging for backcountry rescue, a service currently provided free of charge by the state's Fish and Game Department.

The state currently charges for rescue only if negligence can be proven, but the bill on the House floor proposes several different pay options: charging between $350 to $1,000 per service; a flat rate of $500 per incident; or selling an optional rescue insurance card for hikers that would cover any rescue costs. "If you're getting rescued, there should be an expectation you're going to participate in the cost of that rescue," Senate Republican leader and bill co-author Jeb Bradley said.

Fish and Game currently runs an average annual deficit of about $100,000, not surprising when recent rescues have cost between $500 and $50,000. The agency has conducted 954 search-and-rescue missions over six years, costing a total of $1.8 million. Fish and Game is responsible for paying the New Hampshire National Guard for helicopter rescues, which average $4,000 per hour. Fish and Game Major Kevin Jordan says that he doesn't want to have to take the cost into consideration when ordering a helicopter. "We use that service when a life is in the balance, when someone has had a heart attack [on a mountain] and won't survive a carryout," said Jordan.

Via The Republic


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Man Runs Two 2:10 Marathons in a Month

Breaks world record

Japanese runner Yuki Kawauchi ran his second 2:10 marathon in a month on Sunday, winning the Hofu Yomiuri Marathon in 2:10:46. Two weeks ago, Kawauchi completed the Fukuoka Marathon in 2:10:29, coming in sixth place. "This year I ran sub-2:13 five times," Kawauchi told Japan Running News. " If I can get just a little stronger then I think I'll be able run sub-2:10 many times in one year." Kawauchi's performance is believed to be a new world record for the shortest interval between sub-2:11 marathons. Kawauchi, 25, is famous for running at a world-class level despite holding down a full-time job as a civil servant.

Via Runner's World